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News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | March 23, 2019

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Trio involved in $100,000 heist indicted by Charles City grand jury

By Andre Jones | March 5, 2019 8:04 pm

A trio of men who allegedly stole more than $100,000 during a residence of a robbery have been indicted on multiple charges by a Charles City grand jury Tuesday morning. Tyron Lorenza Allen, 32, of the 6200 block of Old Union Road, Charles City, and Jeremy Brandon Martin, 33, and Stephen Hunter Martin, 30, both of the 8200 block of Vaughan Road, North Dinwiddie, were all indicted in relation to an Oct. 15, 2018 robbery of a residence on Roxbury Road. According to the indictments, the trio broke into an occupied home where several individuals were gathered, stealing approximately $112,000…
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Myers stepping down from post as superintendent of New Kent schools

By Andre Jones | March 4, 2019 8:49 pm
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After serving the as superintendent of New Kent County Schools for the last five years, Dave Myers has announced that he will be stepping down from the position. Myers has accepted a job at Virginia’s Department of Education and will serve as the assistant superintendent of data. “I truly enjoyed being an intricate part of this community,” Myers said in a Monday evening interview. “When I got here, I didn’t have to worry about fixing things. I focused on trying to improve them.” Among Myers’ pathway and implementations into New Kent under the tenure, he orchestrated more post-graduate choices for…
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New Kent man admits to taking gun, burglarizing home for tools

By Andre Jones | March 4, 2019 8:19 pm

A New Kent man who burglarized a home and stole tools entered guilty pleas as part of afternoon proceedings in New Kent Circuit Court. Todd Anthony Clements, 36, of the 6600 block of Putneys Mill Road, New Kent, entered guilty pleas to an amended charge of possession of a weapon by a nonviolent felon (originally possession of a weapon by a violent felon), grand larceny, and burglary. In a summary of evidence provided by Commonwealth’s Attorney Linwood Gregory, on Sept. 20, 2018, the defendant’s father reported his firearm was missing. Between Oct. 19-20, 2018, a New Kent deputy responded to…
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First adjustments made in New Kent’s proposed $70 million budget for FY2019-20

By Robb Johnson | February 28, 2019 8:38 am

The first adjustments for the proposed FY2019-20 budget for New Kent County were discussed at the Feb. 27 monthly work session. County Administrator Rodney Hathaway provide an update on the $70,010,642 proposed operating budget for the next fiscal year. The county administrator said that projected revenues in the general fund have been reduced from $1.6 million to roughly $1.1 million. Hathaway also recommended denying an additional $200,000 to the schools, a number they requested as part of their budget proposal. However, Hathaway said they plan to meet with school leaders to discuss other ways to assist the schools. Hathaway said…
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Proposed location for new elementary school in New Kent revealed

By Robb Johnson | February 28, 2019 8:36 am
A plot of land across from Quinton's Community Center is the desired area for construction of a new elementary school in New Kent.Google Maps photo

A location for the proposed new elementary school in New Kent County has been announced. New Kent supervisors voted unanimously 5-0 to approve the purchasing of 15.1 acres of land from Oak Ridge Farm LLC located on New Kent Highway. The land will cost approximately $375,000, along with a $10,000 deposit within the first one hundred days. Located across the road from Quinton Recreation Center, the proposed complex is listed at $28 million. County leaders approved that amount to be received through loans during last year’s budget cycle. The need for a new elementary school had been expressed for nearly…
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Charles City ‘State of the County’ address encourages to ‘Imagine Tomorrow’

By Andre Jones | February 26, 2019 10:41 pm

“Imagine Tomorrow.” That was the message delivered by Charles City County Administrator Michelle Johnson during her second annual “State of the County” address delivered Tuesday night Charles City’s Board of Supervisors monthly meeting. Johnson began her presentation by highlighting achievements the county has made over the last 12 months. Among them include increasing the fund balance to $11 million, having 42 new business permits, and an unemployment rate of 3.6 percent, lower than the national average. The county administrator continued, speaking about new revenue heading into the county. Among them included the proposed implementation of a meals tax and the…
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Convicted felon caught firing gun on video sentenced to two years in jail

By Andre Jones | February 25, 2019 11:24 am

A Lanexa man will spend the next two years in jail after entering a guilty plea to possession of a firearm by a nonviolent convicted felon. Paul David Reed, 25, of the 9500 block of Diascund Reservoir Road, entered the amended charge (originally possession of ammunition by a convicted felon) during Monday morning proceedings in New Kent Circuit Court. In a summary of evidence presented by Commonwealth’s Attorney Linwood Gregory, on Aug. 28, co-defendant Kyle Robert Crews, 22, of the 1200 block of Quaker Road, Quinton, met with a deputy after being arrested on a charge of possession of a…
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Passionate debate between Charles City boards address budgetary issues

By Andre Jones | February 21, 2019 8:31 am

Over the last several years, Charles City’s Board of Supervisors and Charles City’s School Board have worked to fix a fragile relationship with each other. A passionate Feb. 20 meeting between the two boards served as breaking ground to vent frustrations. Open dialogue between the three county leaders and five school leaders, along with county administrator Michelle Johnson and superintendent of schools David Gaston, consisted of several topics. In particular, funding for schools were the main area of discussion. “We know the money is a concern, but we want to get the kids what they need,” said at-large school board…
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Charles City school board approves budget for FY2019-20

By Andre Jones | February 19, 2019 11:08 pm

Charles City School Board members approved a proposed $10.4 million budget for the FY2019-20 year. School board members voted 4-1 in favor of the plan that superintendent of schools David Gaston described as a budget of maintenance. At-large member Steve Fuhrmann cast the lone dissenting vote, expressing a number of reasons including the ask for more local funds and the lack of increasing the minimum starting hourly salary. Charles City school leaders did unanimously approve a $1.2 million Capital Improvement Plan for the upcoming school year. The school board members also prioritized the items, with HVAC and boiler repairs being…
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Quinton felon receives five years in prison for possessing firearm illegally

By Andre Jones | February 19, 2019 10:44 pm

A Quinton man will spend the next five years in prison after he entered into a plea agreement Tuesday afternoon, averting a trial in New Kent Circuit Court. Kyle Robert Crews, 22, of the 1200 block of Quaker Road, entered guilty pleas to one count each of possession of a weapon by a violent convicted felon, possession of a cell phone by a prisoner, and providing a prisoner with a cell phone. In a summary of evidence provided by Commonwealth’s Attorney Linwood Gregory, on Aug. 25, 2018, a New Kent deputy passed a white Thunderbird on Waterside Drive in New…
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